Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Good News, Bad News

Although it's all just news, really. Went to the doctor today. He said my cervix has shortened, and to be safe (i.e. if I want to avoid him later telling me to go on real bed rest) I need to stop running. (Of course, in reality that's more or less happened...I was down to 2-3 miles twice a week or so, just to say I was still running, but I wasn't, really) and just generally take it easy. I go back Friday morning for a test and some monitoring...if things haven't changed, still no running, but nothing else. If things have changed, I may go to the hospital for a steroid shot to help her lungs develop just in case. He didn't seem worried, really, and neither am I...she's big and healthy at 30 weeks 3 days, just super duper low and sitting (or head-standing, we'll see Friday) right on my cervix. I guess the added pressure from gravity and running just potentially speed things up. I can verify that she's low...I pee every 48 minutes (after every class), sometimes more often if I have a free period at school. I meant to count today...but I'd guess it's close to 20 times in 24 hours. Ridiculous.

He did say I probably wouldn't make it anywhere near my due date...fine if I get past Thanksgiving to 37 weeks, not so fine if she comes much earlier. Still, I find myself not worried...I feel NORMAL, the kid is a bruiser and moving all around, she's strong, and I just don't FEEL like anything is imminent. Still, I will gladly forego the running, and the jumping (bye-bye boot camp)...I think swimming and arm-lifting are still kosher, assuming Friday goes well...

The good news in all of this, aside from probably not going the full 40 weeks (I'm hoping for between 38-39, say December 10th-ish), is that he also said given how low she is, he'd expect my labor to be super short. Like, an hour or so from 3cm to OUT. I asked about epidurals and walking...he said not likely, so my current plan would be to go without, for the freedom of movement and the likelihood that it won't be so long.

Here are some pictures I just took...

7 comments:

N.D. said...

You don't look pregnant with the shirt!! That is good news about the short labor and early arrival!! But I am going to lose it if my dr tells me to stop running or else bedrest, or if I have to go on bedrest at all. Oh gosh! you are so good about it, with all of the other options. The next 2 months is going to happen fast! I feel like you are rocking this pregnancy and hardly look pregnant!!!

Mama Simmons said...

I think you're smart not to be too worried. You know Kelley (Hatfields in Hawaii) was told something similar around 27 weeks- and her baby's head was right there in launch position all along. She didn't do much (any?) exercise from 27-36 weeks, but was then released to swim, walk, etc at 36 weeks. Her baby still didn't come until 4 days post her due date!! ARGH! Another g.f. of mine was 100% effaced at 27 weeks as well (although she was having twins), on bedrest, and delivered at 34 weeks. She had the steroid shot for the lungs and her babies could both breathe when they were born, even at 4 lbs each! :)

Tambo said...

SO YOU WILL BE walking on Sunday With Caroline RIGHT? LOL XOXO LUV YA

IVF Running Mama said...

Well, good attitude! There are worse things than not running and you'll get your fitness back after the baby comes. Come sit on the "bench" with me:>

*aron* said...

you have a great attitude!! you definitely just have to do what is right for the baby, and if its resting then so be it! plus it would be way worse to go on bed rest from running a few extra miles than to just take it easy for a couple months :)

erika p said...

Beautiful (tiny) preggy belly! I'm glad you're not worrying. Austin was born at 38 weeks and the last week before he came everything felt different - what I remember most is that he was suddenly much less active, and I was unusually tired and achy. I think you're right that you would know if something was about to happen. Good luck tomorrow.

As far as labor goes, when it does happen (not quite yet, little one, okay)...I bet you know this already, but women who exercise regularly and are fit tend to have easier and shorter labors. That coupled with the position of your baby should mean you will be in good shape! Sending you good labor vibes.... I didn't have an epidural; I found that being able to move around freely meant I could get into positions that made the contractions manageable, just like the books say. Your body knows what to do.

Debbie Martin-Consani said...

I would be delighted if I got to 30 weeks before giving up running. I'm 27 now. Some runs I feel great and others are such a chore.

You've done great and you look fabulous.